2017 World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards

Labyrinth Gown
2017 World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards

Submitted Piece: Labyrinth Gown
Category: Wearable Technology
Awarded: 1st place

The body is a labyrinth of elements, existing in intimate balance. Maori culture revolves around primal elements, and their transmutation into life. Fire, water, stone, metal, all intertwine through our bodies, and strengthen our essence. We are each a complex labyrinth of elements, as unique as our fingerprints.

We have developed techniques for laser cutting and transferring intricate designs in sheet latex to create a stress-free bond. Ordinarily, hand-applied latex bonding results in minor stretching between the bonded layers, which causes curling and warping. The regular concentric curves in this design would not have been possible at this level of precision without our combination of vectored computer aided design, and physical techniques.

The Messenger
2017 World of Wearable Art (WOW) Awards

Submitted Piece: The Messenger
Category: Red
Awarded: 3rd Place

She watches over the living and transports the dead, the color of lifeblood that connects all. Across human history, birds are deemed as otherworldly beings. Exploring this concept, we created a birdlike spirit personified. Using studies of real specimens, Sculptor Lana Crooks created representations of the osprey wing and raven and sparrow bones by folding and sewing latex material to shape. Dawn looked to Art Nouveau fashion silhouettes to achieve a sensual, feminine, and dominating form, incorporating Lana’s sculptural elements.